Pakistan condoles loss of lives in Mexico natural disaster

The powerful quake set off a tsunami warning for at least eight countries - and at least six people have been confirmed dead in the most powerful quake to strike the country for 100 years.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the 8.1 magnitude quake had its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, 54 miles (87 km) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan in the impoverished southern state of Chiapas, at a depth of 43 miles.

Mexico earthquake: Tsunami warnings triggered, 5 killed

At least 61 people died when the most powerful natural disaster to hit Mexico in over eight decades tore through buildings and forced mass evacuations in the poor southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, triggering alerts as far away as Southeast Asia. He said 45 deaths had been reported in Oaxaca, 12 in Chiapas and four in Tabasco. The town of Juchitán, in Oaxaca, was the wort-hit towns, there were reportedly 17 deaths. The last major quake to have shaken up Mexico was the 1985 tremor, which has resulted in the death of thousands of people. A number of buildings suffered severe damage in parts of southern Mexico.

While President Yameen had wished the ongoing relief efforts success, the Mexican government reported that at least 61 people have been killed in the disaster.

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The natural disaster triggered tsunami waves as high as 3.3 feet at the port of Salina Cruz in Oaxaca, according to the US National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning.

Throughout Friday, the region was shaken with scores of aftershocks.

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The race to rescue those trapped in the rubble continued on Saturday after at least 61 people were killed in the most powerful quake to hit Mexico in a century that struck off the southern coast, toppling houses, damaging hospitals and government offices, and sparking mass evacuations.

Pope Francis, addressing an open air Mass on a visit to Colombia, said he was praying "for those who have lost their lives and their families".

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The natural disaster also plunged many Cities into darkness as electricity was cut, and many Schools were forced to shut down.


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